13,000 af­fected by state pen­sion change

MP slams de­ci­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Thou­sands of peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang could be af­fected by an early rise in the state pen­sion age for the UK.

New anal­y­sis by the House of Com­mons li­brary show sover 13,000 res­i­dents in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency are likely to be af­fected.

The UK Gov­ern­ment re­vealed last month that a rise in the pen­sion age to 68 would be phased in be­tween 2037 and 2039, seven years ear­lier than planned.

The change will af­fect all men and women cur­rently be­tween the age of 39 and 47.

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Ger­ard Killen called the de­ci­sion a “dis­grace­ful and un­jus­ti­fied at­tack on the state pen­sion” by the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment.

He added: “The lat­est research on life ex­pectancy, pub­lished days ago, shows that there is no ev­i­den­tial ba­sis for bring­ing the state pen­sion age fur­ther forward.

“That’s why Labour wants to take a mea­sured ap­proach, leav­ing the state pen­sion age at 66 while we re­view the ev­i­dence emerg­ing around life ex­pectancy and healthy life ex­pectancy, con­sid­er­ing how we can best pro­tect those do­ing de­mand­ing jobs and the con­tri­bu­tions they have al­ready made.”

How­ever, a spokes­woman for the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions said: “These changes will en­sure that the state pen­sion is both fair and sus­tain­able for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and in line with con­tin­u­ing rises in life ex­pectancy.

“Those af­fected will on av­er­age still re­ceive the state pen­sion for longer than the gen­er­a­tions be­fore them.”

Change The UK Gov­ern­ment will ac­cel­er­ate the in­crease in state pen­sion age

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